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Man charged with blocking car, firing shots

Aaron Louis Phillips, 23, of Detroit Lakes has been charged in Becker County District Court with a felony count of dangerous weapons - intentional discharge of firearm; a gross misdemeanor charge of carrying a pistol without a permit; a misdemeanor domestic assault charge; and a misdemeanor DWI charge.

According to court records, at 2:25 a.m. on May 20, deputies responded to a report of gunshots fired at a vehicle on Peace River Ranch Road in Becker County.

Phillips and his ex-girlfriend allegedly got into an argument about who would drive, since he was intoxicated. When she left with a woman friend, he allegedly cut their vehicle off with his vehicle, pointed a gun out the window and fired three to four shots.

He drove away, but was stopped a short time later by a Frazee police officer. His blood alcohol level tested at .08 percent. A loaded 9 millimeter handgun was found in his vehicle. He admitted giving his ex-girlfriend a ride to a party, even though he was prohibited from being near her by a domestic abuse no-contact order issued March 15. He allegedly admitted firing his pistol into the ground, and that he had no permit for the pistol.

Phillips appeared in court May 23 before District Judge Jay Carlson, who set cash bail at $1,000 or bond at $10,000, with standard conditions of release, or $20,000 without conditions.